This scheme enabled a doctoral student or early career academic researcher to do a short-term work placement with a company from within London’s Creative Economy. Below are examples of placements that Creativeworks London has funded. More information about the scheme can be found here.

PHD-In-Residence Scheme

Clean Break and Emily Hunka from Queen Mary University of London

SME Partner

Anna Herrmann, Clean Braek

PhD Student/Early Career Researcher

Emily Hunka, Queen Mary of University London


Caoimhe McAvinchey, Queen Mary of University London

Project Name

Evidencing Impact

Project Description

Clean Break is a women’s theatre company dedicated to providing theatre-based education and train to female offenders and those at risk of offending. Over 80% of the women that Clean Break works with have mental health and/or drug and alcohol needs. For her residency PhD student Emily Hunka researched the methods employed by Clean Break in order to evaluate their outcomes and work to illustrate the value of Clean Break to commissioners, health funders and clinicians.

Hunka’s work brought a new assessment tool for Clean Break, the Warwick Edinburgh Wellbeing Tool, which will be employed to understand the quality of their future activities. Additionally Hunka produced a qualitative report which drew upon twelve case studies she produced with women who have benefitted from Clean Break’s activities. Hunka will be including her work with Clean Break in a paper presented at the Theatre and Performance Association National Conference in September.


Queen Mary - University of London
Arts & Humanities Research Council
European Union
London Fusion

Creativeworks London is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.